The Mt. Vernon volleyball team opened the season at home Saturday with a decisive 3-0 win against visiting Greenwood.
Victoria Bulmahn had 17 assists, and Meridan Eads added 12 more to spread the ball around for the Marauders’ consistent attack. Mt. Vernon hit .337 as a team.
Grace Hurst led the defense with 15 digs. Sarah Herman and Bulmahn each finished with seven digs.
Bulmahn and Rachel Pilkington pushed the offense with nine and eight kills, respectively. Herman added six kills.
The Marauders won the match 25-11, 25-17, 25-10. Mt. Vernon returned to the court Monday against two-time defending state champion Cathedral at home.
New Palestine blanks Crusaders in opener
The New Palestine volleyball team jumped ahead quickly and rallied late, sweeping Scecina Memorial 3-0 on Saturday.
The Dragons won the first set 25-8 and the second 25-11 before sealing the home victory with a 25-21 third.
New Palestine never trailed through the first two sets. The Dragons used a four-point rally in the third set to grab a 12-9 lead, which they extended.
Allison Dennemann led the Dragons with 22 kills. Sydney Robertson dished out 40 assists. Lydia Jones had 12 digs to captain the defense.
Mia Long finished with 10 kills, six digs and two aces. Jordan Brittsan had four kills and two blocks at the net. Kaylin Casner added three kills.
“I like how the team came out with a lot of energy and passion,” Dragons head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “That allowed us to play more cohesively. It was a great first win.”
The Dragons traveled to Connersville on Monday and play at Guerin Catholic on Wednesday.
Dragons take second at Lapel tournament
Mackenzi Black earned medalist honors and the New Palestine girls golf team finished second overall at the Lapel Bulldog Classic on Saturday.
New Palestine shot a 352, placing second to Franklin County (350) by two strokes in the 18-team tournament.
Black fired a 76, shooting 37 on the front nine and 39 on the back to win medalist by a stroke. Annaliese Fox was third overall with a 78. Abigail Belgin scored a 94, while Izzy Gray shot a 104. Rachel Purnell added a 105.
The Dragons competed in a three-way meet against Knightstown and Whiteland on Monday.